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Soccer field for Guantanamo Bay detainees: American tax dollars well spent?

guantanamobay022912_optBY ANGELA DAIDONE

Ever wonder where your U.S. tax dollars go? How about towards a new soccer field for detainees at Camp 6 in Guantanamo Bay?

According to Fox News, the soccer field, which is about half the size of an American football field, is near completion -- at a cost of $750,000 to taxpayers.

The construction project was part of a tour Tuesday of the detention camp for reporters covering the arraignment in a military court of Majid Khan, a former Baltimore resident and the only legal U.S. resident on trial at Guantanamo.

This is the third recreation facility at Camp 6, which houses to "highly compliant" detainees who live in a communal setting, the report stated. Other facilities include an indoor recreation field and an outdoor recreation field.

The new field will afford the detainees "maximum access" -- about 20 hours a day, via special passageways to allow passage into the new recreation yard without military escort.

A military police representative who asked not to be identified by name told the reporters that allowing high levels of activity outdoors helped reduce behavioral problems at the camps, and limited the amount of interaction between detainees and the guards, Fox reported.

Comments (2)
2 Friday, 02 March 2012 21:35
Montgomery Granger
Has it occurred to you that the only reason we have detainees at Gitmo is to get information from them? Gitmo is NOT a punishment or corrections facility. It is a U.S. military detention facility used to detain unlawful combatants in our struggle with Islamist extremists in order to get them to TALK reliably about their contacts and activities. We want to find out what they know, and if they are happy, they are more likely to TALK. If they are unhappy, they are less likely to talk. Let the soccer begin!
Montgomery J. Granger, Major (Ret.), USAR
Former Task Force 160, joint Detainee operations Group Medical Service Officer
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
1 Wednesday, 29 February 2012 15:15
Beau Jarrell
America, IT IS TIME FOR OUR GOVERMENT TO GO...we are all sitting and waiting for someone else to do something to fix this problem and problem is that NO ONE person can fix this, WE need to UNITE and take back control of our goverment or lives and get back to being the greatest place on earth to live...

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